FAIRFAX — Virginia’s largest school system has been hacked, and the attackers are seeking a ransom payment to keep them from disclosing stolen personal information.
The hacking group Maze posted some of the data stolen from Fairfax County Public Schools — including student disciplinary records and grades — to prove its hack was successful, WRC-TV in Washington reported.
Tina Williams, president of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, said she was shocked by the hack and that it is “deeply alarming for our community.” The school system confirmed the hack and said it was working with law enforcement.
Unrelated, the school system reported that it experienced technical difficulties Friday as students completed the first week of online schooling. The district blamed the problems on Verizon, but Verizon said it didn’t experience any outages.
The school system wrote on Twitter that there “will undoubtedly be bumps in the road throughout the distance learning period.”
— The Associated Press